Name: Hungerford Town FC

Founded: 1886

Stadium: Bulpit Lane

Capacity: 2,500 (170 seated)

Last season: 6th in National League South

Gloucester City fans will have 21 new grounds to visit when they start their first season at National League South level on Saturday 5 August, among them is a trip to Berkshire to face Hungerford Town.

The Crusaders will play in the National League South for the second successive season, having been promoted via the play-offs in 2015/16.

Last season, the club finished just outside the play-off places, so will be looking to do one better this season.

Formed in 1886, Hungerford initial played friendlies only as there were no local league or cup competitions. In 1904/05, the club won their first honours, the Newbury Challenge Cup, by beating Newbury Union Jack 2-1. They won the trophy again in 1908/09, beating Thatcham 2-1. Around this time, the club left the Hungerford League for the Newbury League, which they won in 1912/13 and 1913/14. The club won twice more after World War I, in 1919/20 and 1921/22, before joining the Swindon & District League.

The Crusaders moved to the Premier Division of the Hellenic League in 1958. They were relegated in 1964/65 to Division One, but earned promotion back to the Premier Division in 1970/71 where they won the title. In 1977/78, they won the Challenge Cup and reached the semi-finals of the FA Vase, eventually losing to Barton Rovers. Their season was success enough to earn them a place in Division Two of the Isthmian League.

In 1979/80 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 3-1 to Slough Town. They also reached the finals of the FA Vase again, this time losing 5-3 to Guisborough Town. In 1981/82, the club won the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup, beating Wycombe Wanderers in the final.

League restructuring in 1984 led to the club being placed in Division Two South. Further reorganisation in 1991 saw them return to Division Two. At the end of the 2002/03 season, Hungerford dropped back into the Premier Division of the Hellenic League, despite finishing fifth in Division Two of the Isthmian League.

Hungerford won the Hellenic League’s Supplementary Cup in 2004/05 and the Challenge Cup in 2006/07 and 2007/08. They earned promotion as champions in 2008/09, moving up to the Division One South & West Division of the Southern League. In 2011/12, the club qualified for the play-offs but lost to Poole Town in the semi-finals. The following season, the club reached the final and beat Merthyr Town 3-1, finishing the league season as runners-up.

In the 2014/15 season in the Premier Division, Hungerford lost to Truro City in the play-off semi-final, having finished fourth in the league standings. However, after finishing fourth again the next season, the club went on to defeat Leamington in the final to earn promotion to the National League South.

The Tigers will meet Hungerford Town for the first time ever when the two sides face off in the 2017/18 National League South season.

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